Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made some major — and I mean MAJOR — roster moves this offseason.
The second-year head coach totally transformed the Philly’s look in what many thought was an effort to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota, who played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. Still, the draft came and went — with Mariota going to Tennessee — and now former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy — whom Kelly traded to Buffalo for LB Kiko Alonso — thinks he knows the real motivation behind the team’s offseason moves.
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, McCoy said there’s a reason Coach Kelly got rid of “all the black players”:
The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason. … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that…
People have heard it. I mean … Stephen A. Smith has talked about it. Other players have talked about it. But that’s one of the things where you don’t even care no more. I’m on a new team, ready to play. So it’s nothing to do with Chip. I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him. When he got [to Philadelphia], I didn’t know what to expect. When he let DeSean go last year, I was like: “C’mon. DeSean Jackson?” So it is what it is.
This isn’t the first time someone has suggested Kelly’s trades were racially motivated. Back in March, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made exactly the same argument. (RELATED: Philadelphia Eagles’ Off-Season Roster Moves Motivated By … RACISM????)
[Hat tip: Complex]